Farewell to a Giant of Government Oversight

Former Sen. Fred Thompson worked to restore trust in government.
by Robert Shea Principal, Global Public Sector

When I hear folks pine for the days of constructive engagement by Congress in the affairs of the executive branch, my instinct is to assume they’re not paying attention. If you peruse the congressional committee calendar on any given week, you’ll see it chock full of substantive oversight hearings. ... Read & React

People Who Worry More About Failure May Be Better Off Than Those Who Don't

For everyone who’s ever been told that they worry too much—here’s some deeply satisfying news for you. Worrying may be a good thing. At least, it is when you’re facing the risk of bad news. In a recent studypublished in the journal Emotion, researchers tracked 230 California law school graduates as ... Read & React

The Price Leaders Pay for Silence

Have you ever heard a supervisor say something like, “Why should I have to encourage people? This is their job isn’t it?” Have you ever thought those words yourself? Recently, I received an incredibly strong answer to this question from Jennifer, a former store manager at a national women’s ... Read & React

Elite Liberal-Arts Colleges Aren't Producing the Highest-Earning Elites

Last month, President Obama unleashed a barrage of data on U.S. higher education and its outcomes in the form of the Education Department's College Scorecard. The data isn’t meant to be used as a ranking system, but something that prospective students can use to inform their college choice. But ... Read & React

Improving Engagement Scores Is the Wrong Goal

by Howard Risher Workforce Management Consultant

In December 2014, the Office of Management and Budget sent a 13-page memo to agency heads, “Strengthening Employee Engagement and Organizational Performance.” The purpose was to confirm the importance of the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey and the index adopted as a measure of engagement. The ... Read & React

3 Ways for Non-Beginners to Keep a Beginner's Mind

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

Lately, I’ve been thinking about what it means to have a beginner’s mind and why, especially if you’re a non-beginner, it’s so important to have one. The thought process started for me a few weeks ago when I was in a yoga class. If you’ve read my blog for awhile you know that I’m a committed yogi. ... Read & React

A New Desk Lets You Work While Lying Down

by Corinne Purtill

Sitting at work will slowly kill you. Standing at work will give youcankles. So how about lying down? After five years of research and $1 million in investment, the Sonoma County, California-based company Altwork has created a workstation that can adjust between sitting, standing and lying ... Read & React

Improving Government Performance in Louisville: ‘It’s All About the People’

Daro Mott takes a keen interest in finding ways to help the local government in Louisville, Kentucky, develop great employees. “It's something which is a deep passion of mine,” said Mott, who is currently deputy director of performance management and chief of staff of the Office of Performance ... Read & React

What Would Happen If American Senators Worked Like the French?

Jeb Bush managed to offend American senators and the French on Wednesday, Oct. 28, when he criticized the US Senate for its “French” work ethic. “What is it, like a French work week? You get, like, three days where you have to show up?,” Bush said to Florida senator Marco Rubio, while commenting on ... Read & React

A Ghost Tour of the National Death Index

Good evening. Yes, it's nice to meet you too. I understand you need some information from the National Death Index? Well, it's a bit unusual but, yes, I think we can help. NDI . . . see that green sign up there? It points the way. It's buried deep down in the bowels of the federal government. We've ... Read & React